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13.1 Charlemagne Unites Germanic Kingdoms. Many Germanic kingdoms that succeeded the Roman Empire are reunited under Charlemagne’s empire. Invasions of Western Europe. Effects of Constant Invasions and Warfare Germanic invaders overrun western Roman Empire in 400s

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13 1 charlemagne unites germanic kingdoms

13.1 Charlemagne Unites Germanic Kingdoms

Many Germanic kingdoms that succeeded the Roman Empire are reunited under Charlemagne’s empire.


Invasions of western europe

Invasions of Western Europe

  • Effects of Constant Invasions and Warfare

    • Germanic invaders overrun western Roman Empire in 400s

    • Fighting disrupts trade and government; people abandon cities

    • Marks the beginning of the Middle Ages—period from 500 to 1500


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Invasions of Western Europe

  • The Decline of Learning

    • As cities are abandoned, level of learning declines

    • Knowledge of Greek language and culture is almost completely lost


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Invasions of Western Europe

  • Loss of a Common Language

    • Introduction of German language changes Latin; dialects develop


Germanic kingdoms emerge

Germanic Kingdoms Emerge

  • Years of Upheaval Between 400 and 600

    • Germanic kingdoms replace Roman provinces

    • Continual wars change borders between kingdoms

    • The Church provides order and security


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Germanic Kingdoms Emerge

  • The Concept of Government Changes

    • Germans held together by family ties and loyalty, not government

    • Small communities are governed by unwritten rules and traditions

    • Germanic warriors pledge loyalty to their chief; live in lord’s hall


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Germanic Kingdoms Emerge

  • Clovis Rules the Franks

    • Germanic people called Franks hold power in Roman province of Gaul

    • Clovis, leader of the Franks, converts to Christianity in 496

    • Leads warriors against other Germanic armies

    • Unites Franks into one kingdom with Church’s help by 511


Germans adopt christianity

Germans Adopt Christianity

  • How the Church Spread

    • Frankish rulers convert Germanic peoples to Christianity

    • Missionaries travel to convert Germanic and Celtic groups


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Germans Adopt Christianity

  • Monasteries, Convents, and Manuscripts

    • Church builds monasteries—where monks live to study and serve God

    • Italian monk, Benedict, writes rules that govern monastic life

    • His sister Scholastica adapts rules for nuns living in convents

    • Monks establish schools, preserve learning through libraries


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Germans Adopt Christianity

  • Papal Power Expands Under Gregory I

    • In 590, Gregory I, also called Gregory the Great, becomes pope

    • Under Gregory, Church becomes secular—a political power

    • Pope’s palace becomes center of Roman government

    • Uses Church money to raise armies, care for poor, negotiate treaties

    • Establishes a Christendom—churchly kingdom fanning out from Rome


An empire evolves

An Empire Evolves

  • Europe’s Kingdoms

    • The Franks control largest and strongest of Europe’s many kingdoms

    • By 511, Frankish rule extends over what is now France


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An Empire Evolves

  • Charles Martel Emerges

    • Most powerful official in kingdom is major domo—mayor of the palace

    • In 719, major domo Charles Martel becomes more powerful than king

    • Defeats Muslims from Spain at Tours in 732; becomes a Christian hero

    • Son, Pepin, begins Carolingian Dynasty—family that ruled 751–987


Charlemagne becomes emperor

Charlemagne Becomes Emperor

  • From Pepin to Charlemagne

    • Pepin dies in 768, leaves kingdom to two sons; in 771 one son dies

    • Second son, Charlemagne (Charles the Great), rules kingdom


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Charlemagne Becomes Emperor

  • Charlemagne Extends Frankish Rule

    • Charlemagne’s armies reunite western Europe, spread Christianity

    • In 800, Charlemagne travels to Rome to protect Pope Leo III from mobs

    • Pope crowns Charlemagne emperor; gives him title, “Roman Emperor”

    • Germanic power, Church, heritage of Roman Empire now joined together


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Charlemagne Becomes Emperor

  • Charlemagne Leads a Revival

    • Charlemagne limits nobles’ power by governing through royal agents

    • Encourages learning and orders monasteries to open schools


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Charlemagne Becomes Emperor

  • Charlemagne’s Heirs

    • Charlemagne dies in 814; his son, Louis the Pious, rules poorly

    • Louis’s three grandsons fight for control of empire

    • In 843 they divide empire into three kingdoms; sign Treaty of Verdun


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